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India Geospatial Guidelines: Boosting Economy, Advancing Self Reliance, and Co-ownership of National Ambition

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15th February 2021 will go down in India’s history as the day when the government of India made a path-breaking announcement to liberalize maps to achieve its vision of USD five trillion economy! The announcement comes at an apt time when advances in mapping technology have become the base for innovation and direct contribution in mission-mode projects like smart cities, highways, Clean Ganga, and the Digital India initiative. Led by India’s Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the India Geospatial Guidelines will boost the economy, advance self-reliance and enable co-ownership of national ambition.


  1. the Geospatial business world is excited and quite clear about how much this new guideline will make a difference to them. However, the academia, researchers and non-commercial users need a better understanding of how it will make difference to them.

  2. This will give big boost to Entrepreneurs providing services in GIS domain. Unnecessary restrictions on mapping giving discretionary rights to few departments was the stumbling blocks in this industry. Service providers also will have to bear the responsibility and deliver in better way in terms quality, consistency and time schedules.

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  4. It is indeed a very bold decision by the Govt of the day to announce this policy. It will trigger the geospatial domain in to turbo phase with required ease of business.

  5. Geospatial DATA free access may be provided to the dedicated researchers of authentic academic institution on demand, it helps to build and develop the open source dedicated systems for capacity building of high end applications.

  6. Great move by the Indian government. As a next productive step it should be followed by country wide geo-data policies and development of centralised (country/state/city wide) urban geo-data platform to streamline any uploading or downloading of official/verified geo-datasets. Not having such urban data platforms will result in many data duplication, or in other words “data pollution” which should be prevented at all cost.

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